Similarly, there’s no one on Christian Mingle who’s putting the prayer-hands in their bio, nor are users of Farmers Only repping Ted Cruz 2016, because duh, we know you’re ’bout it.
These more niche apps attempt to override the discomfort of having to explain one’s essence.
Built with that same “we both like this already so let’s date/fuck” model, Align matches singles who put more stock in Susan Miller than Neil de Grasse Tyson, . Why learn about the stars when we can feel about them, right?
So after logging onto Align using Facebook, I filled in some additional biographical info, then picked six adjectives and/or emojis to describe myself.
Yes, but no matter, Align is an easy-to-maneuver, well-intentioned app that will benefit singles because its very conceit is a conversation-starter.
They are, in order: (Fist emoji), “Critical,” “Blunt,” (Big Eyeballs emoji), “Curious,” and “Magnetic,” because my coworker said I should have a nice one in there.
After that, I was transported to a screen with an array of potential mates in my zip code, presented as moon-like, photographic avatars orbiting my stupid, lonely face.
When you and a potential match both decide you like each other, you are then “Aligned” and can start messaging in the app.
(Everyone you align with shows up in your “Connections” screen.)The app was designed to appeal to people who are looking for deeper online connections without spending too much time filling out questionnaires, as you would with personality-based dating apps and websites like e Harmony.